Daimler Trucks North America is recalling more than 15,000 Freightliner, Western Star and Freightliner Custom Chassis in order to fix brake-related defects on its heavy-duty trucks.
The first recall is to fix faulty calliper bolts that may loosen and detach on nearly 15,000 2017 through 2019 Daimler trucks, including Freightliner 108SD, 114SD, M2 Business Class and the Cascadia, Freightliner Custom Chassis S2C 106 Cab, S2G, XBR, XBS, XCL, XCM, XCP, XCR and XCS vehicles as well as Western Star 4700, 4900 and 5700 trucks.
The faulty calliper bolts can affect the ability of the vehicles to brake, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Dealers will inspect the brake mounting bolts for loose bolts and tighten them if necessary.
A second recall is for nearly 600 2012 through 2019 Western Star 4900 trucks that could have potential problems with the front brake hoses.
The recall affects certain Western Star 4900 trucks built with Lowmax hoods and disc brakes. Insufficient clearance between the front brake hose and the hood may result in the brake hose being chafed.
“Front brake hose chafing may cause air loss, possibly reducing braking effectiveness and increasing the risk of a crash,” according to NHTSA.
Dealers will inspect the trucks and will replace the front axle hose if a problem is found.
Daimler plans to notify owners and dealers in late July. Repairs will be performed by Daimler authorized service facilities.